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Special Issue "The Governance of Social Innovation for a Sustainable Economy: Requirements, Actors and Approaches"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Klaus Jacob

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
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Interests: Governance; innovation for Sustainable Development; transformation research

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Achieving a sustainable economy is both a challenge and an opportunity for business, politics, and society as a whole. To date, technologies and improvements in efficiency have been considered key to reducing emissions and resource depletion. Accordingly, innovation policies are of central importance in governance approaches for sustainable development. However, there are many indications that technological fixes will not be sufficient.

Therefore, social innovations are expected to complement technological innovations. Business models have developed with the aim of replacing unsustainable social practices by fostering and commercializing social innovations.

In order to support a more systematic uptake and the broader diffusion of social innovations, it is necessary to have supporting governance mechanisms in place. These differ from governance approaches for other innovations: they require different innovation policies, infrastructures, networks, etc. At the same time, different providers of governance are conceivable (governments, private business, networks). However, so far there is little knowledge regarding what governance arrangements for social innovation could look like.

To gather findings in this regard, we invite you to submit contributions addressing the following research questions:

  • Frameworks for the governance of social innovation: What are governance approaches for social innovation? How do they differ from current approaches for governing processes of innovation? Who are the providers of governance functions?
  • Evaluation of social innovations and their contribution to a sustainable economy: How do social innovations contribute to a sustainable economy? How could and what framework conditions would be necessary for their upscaling and broader diffusion to further increase their impact?
  • Case studies of social innovation: What are framework conditions, governance approaches and policy instruments for fostering the development and diffusion of cases of social innovations, that help analyze theoretical frameworks?

Dr. Klaus Jacob
Guest Editor

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Social Innovation
  • Innovation Policy
  • System of Innovation
  • Governance for Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Economy
  • Transformation

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Living Labs for Rural Areas: Contextualization of Living Lab Frameworks, Concepts and Practices
Sustainability 2019, 11(14), 3797; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143797
Received: 28 May 2019 / Revised: 24 June 2019 / Accepted: 9 July 2019 / Published: 11 July 2019
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Living Labs are spaces for innovative and participative research, development and activities that use multidisciplinary approaches and promote the co-creation paradigm. Our specific interest lies in exploring the value of the Living Lab concept for creating environments that enable equal opportunities for people [...] Read more.
Living Labs are spaces for innovative and participative research, development and activities that use multidisciplinary approaches and promote the co-creation paradigm. Our specific interest lies in exploring the value of the Living Lab concept for creating environments that enable equal opportunities for people living in rural and urban areas, and for making rural areas attractive places to live. Moreover, through the existing practices and research results available, Living Labs are seen as one of the important building blocks of smart rural development and an important step towards establishing a Smart Village environment. Living Labs are a valuable player in enhancing circular economy, digital transformation, local self-sufficiency and other elements of sustainable living. The main aim of this paper is therefore to put Living Labs in the context of rural areas and evaluate their possible contributions for sustainable rural development. This paper argues that the element of community and social change should be considered as a key element in enabling sustainable living. Full article
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